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Taiwan Elections: China, U.S. Relations Loom as Nation Prepares to Vote

January 11, 2012
Taiwan Elections: China, U.S. Relations Loom as Nation Prepares to Vote
On January 14th, voters in Taiwan will choose their next president from a field that includes incumbent Ma Ying-jeou, veteran politician James Soong, and the country's first ever female candidate, Tsai Ing-wen. To learn more about the issues and factors likely to decide the outcome, we spoke with regional expert, Bryce Wakefield. Bryce Wakefield serves as a program associate specializing in Northeast Asia and the Pacific for the Wilson Center's Asia Program. He earned his Ph.D. in political studies from the University of Auckland and his master's degree from Osaka University's School of International Public Policy. Before joining the Wilson Center, Bryce lectured in comparative politics and conducted a course on diplomacy at the University of Auckland, New Zealand.

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